Won this just now in the Comic Link auction. A book that has jumped up in registry points recently - 750, to be exact. Don't know if the character will be appearing again in the movies. I'm just happy to have all those points. I had a CGC 9.4 up until three years ago, then sold it. That one had crm/ow pages, so I've managed an upgrade here. Got it for under $400 too. Enjoy.
A few years back Sharonville sold a copy of this book on the boards and I fell in love withheld perspective of the cover shot, and the fact t thatched book was pre-assembled involvement in WWII (1940). So here we go another genre, another deviation from my "focus" Sky Blazers #2!
Before we continue to the next installment, a little introducion to how the pump n dump machine worked back in the 80s from Chuck himself (Taken from Mile High Futures quarterly catalog dating September 1988)
I thought it would be interesting for new speculators to read how hyping books was done back then, even though its obvious from Chuck's own
writing, that the agenda to expose this scam was for him to make more $$$
So even there, nice try chuck, but no cigar
GL 17 $34 4.5 LCBS
GL 21 $26 4.5 LCBS
DD 5 $90 6.0 LCBS
DD 14 $35 6.5 LCBS
The DDs were such a good price and quality I had to pick them up even if they were outside my grade range. Still within series budget though.
Picked this one up from Pedigree Comics. A nice cover and story - Within You... Without You. There are still several Warren magazines that I'm looking for, notably some with Frazetta covers that are very hard to find - Creepy 16, Eerie 7 and 81. Well, sooner or later they should turn up on the market. Enjoy.
As I was saying in my last entry, I was longing for my first Alex Schomburg war cover. It came by way of the boards from a member who was willing to work with my on time payments in July of 2016. I present to you Captain America Comics #33!!
As you can see, this book has been restored (via a piece re-attached to cover with glue) and has a detached cover. These are two characteristics I said I was going to stay away from except for the more expensive issues. I would consider this one such issue. Since buying this book I have decided to "lower my standards" if you will, for the books I decide to bring into my collection. I still will strive for grades 2.0 - 4.0 but restoration and detached covers/centerfolds won't be an automatic denial for a given book. Of course the exact amount of restoration will play a part and I'm still avoiding trimmed or brittle books. This particular Cap #33 has very little restoration, presents wonderfully and has like new WHITE pages to boot! I don't see myself getting another copy of this book for under $1,000 anytime soon. There are two 1.0 graded books on the census but who knows if they present well at all. I am super happy to own this book as it is one of my top five Cap covers of the entire run. Issues #1-3 & #27 rounding out the top five.
Which issue next I asked myself. I needed just issues #72 & #78 to complete Cap #70 - #78 so I put my first WTB post up for a Captain America Comics #78 in September of 2016. I got three people offering a copy right away. I was pretty surprised! Then, a board member reached out to me offering a quadruple signed CGC 3.0!
The signatures were from Stan Lee, Ayers, Joe Simon and John Romita! I thought my triple signed Cap #73 was cool!
What was I going to have to give to this guy to make that comic mine? A kidney and promising my first born child???
Luckily he just wanted cash and a trade for my raw Cap #76 I had bought on eBay the year prior. After a couple weeks of messaging back and forth to meet at a price we were both comfortable with, it was mine!
I would go on to pick up Cap #72 off eBay in November of 2016. A CGC 1.8 which is the lowest graded copy on the census
That would be my last Cap issue purchased in 2016. I now had 13 GA Cap issues (33, 44, 53, 66, 68, 70-75, 77 & 78). The first issue I purchased in 2017 would be another Canadian copy off the boards...
So...I'm looking through the books in the July 1st Heritage Sunday Comic auction and I see that there are three golden age Caps in there. All raw and restored to various degrees. The issue I'm most interested in is #65 which is an apparent VG- with slight color touch to cover and trimmed on all three sides. Let me repeat that. TRIMMED ON ALL THREE SIDES. I think most collectors would agree that trimming is the worst kind of restoration a book can have since someone basically removed part of the book to make it look better. That cannot be undone! So I figured this book would go for "relatively cheap" since a 3.5 unrestored just sold for $685 in June of this year. Maybe like $350-$400 I thought. Nope. The @%$# thing hammered at $600, which, after the buyers premium is $720!
I can only guess the winner doesn't care about trimmed books...which, I suppose some people...may not?
Or maybe the winner just had to have the one cover where Cap slaps his partner?
Either way, I wasn't paying that for that book even though it was the next book I needed on my way down from issue #78 (besides #72). There are 38 unrestored copies on the census (give or take a few). It's not like there are 9 or even 19. It will come up again!
After not winning that book (since I didn't bid due to the price already being above what I was comfortable with) it allows me to pursue others. The hunt is most of the fun to me anyway. With a limited budget, you have to choose your books carefully and cannot afford (literally) to overspend.
Keeping on track with the current series you are on can also be a challenge as well when you come across a beautiful book you want but buying it would slow down your main series collecting. One such book last week was All Top Comics #16. A 5.0 off-white to white pager was on eBay. I was tempted to go after it as I love the cover. It last sold on 6/6/16 for $825. It was at $911 with under a minute left until it shot up to $1,336 in the last ten seconds! A 61.7% increase in just over two years?! Damn someone wanted that book!
I did win a GA Cap book from the most recent ComicConnect auction which is on its way to me now. I'll post it as soon as it arrives!
So after about 2 ½ hours at the local courthouse yesterday, I got my 3 point traffic citation reduced to a zero point infraction for impeding traffic. The actual fine went up $30, but I'd gladly pay that to avoid the higher insurance rates associated with a 3 point ticket. Especially considering the fact that my wife and I just bought a new car last week!
Here's Superman impeding traffic, from Superman #85 from 1953.
This is another book from one of my LCS' monthly auctions. I had already bought a few Superman books during this session, and this one was an afterthought since I already had a stack going. I normally don't go for books with parts of the cover missing, but for $15 I'll make an exception for a book that's 60+ years old.
It was only after thumbing through my books, trying to find an appropriate cover of Superman messing with cars, that it hit me that perhaps one of the most iconic comic book covers of all time would've fit the bill quite nicely.
Now that's how you impede traffic!
I won 2 Bakers this week on eBay. I'm especially happy with Midget Comics #1. It's offered so infrequently I went all in with a max bid of $100 -- and then it closed at only $8! I paid a bit more for Crown Comics #6, although it likely went lower because of its PGX grading rather than CGC.
We drove to Dover this morning to attend the comic con, about an hour each way. I live in Milton Delaware where we don't even have a LCS. Lots of costumes, food but not a lot of comics. Most were priced at $1 - $3, with very few silvers or golds. Lots of artists though and plenty of novelties. Harry potter wand booth, toys everywhere, costume contest and all kinds of neat crafts. The stay puft marshmallow man (turns out to be a woman) looks a bit deflated and smaller than I remember. It was a fun time!
Whew!!! Time to take a break from comic buying before I bankrupt myself. No more books until 2018. All in all, I had one of my best years ever for acquisitions. Maybe the best. I raised my total registry points from 64,000 to 77,000. Speaking of points, this one is worth an impressive 850. Fourth appearance of the new X-Men. I'll get back to the journals next year. Enjoy.
Wow, last month I found out that my little niche set of 33 DC Bicentennial comics was awarded one of the Best Bronze Age sets for 2018, a very nice recognition I must say Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) to CGC!
And, even sweeter, I just picked up a replacement for one of the issues in the set - going from a CGC 9.0 WP to CGC 9.8 WP and gaining 98 more points! Although it's unlikely I could ever make a complete set of all 9.8 WP issues, I'm hoping to at least upgrade all the 9.0 and 9.2 comics to a 9.4 or 9.6. Attached is a pic of Our Fighting Forces 168.
On my way, slowly! Hope everyone is enjoying their collections!
So i got my first birthday book as a gift this year. Blade Runner #1 (October 1982).
I think next year, Wolverine would make a great birthday book.
Any other October 1982 books to look out for? Feel free to share your b-day books as well, always nice to see.
A nice pickup here from ebay. One of my favorites of Frank Frazetta's many Warren covers. Tough to find in the higher grades slabbed and when one does turn up, the price is usually quite steep. Fortunately, my best offer to the seller on ebay was accepted and I didn't have to pay an arm and a leg. Enjoy.
SHAPING UP AND CREATING MY COMIC BOOK ROOM
This year I think I will start cleaning up my books and think up what I want to put in the room. Too many stuff I have in boxes, and they need be placed in good display. Thinking to buy metal shelves to put all my short boxes stacked up to free up space. It might take me a year or so to get the room as what I have in mind.
I had just started my special sketch project at FEV. I gave a blank comic book page (the kind of paper comic book artists do their work) to one artist. It will be finished by February later. It is going to be a unique project, where I will have many different artists put their work on the same page. I estimate the project will take me up to 5 years. I have a long list of artists in names. This is the centrepiece artwork for my comic book room.
Frontline Combat #13 ($19.80) + Two-Fisted Tales #40 ($14.80) w/ shipping = $40.60
Star Spangled War Stories #25 ($7.95 + shipping = $11.90)
All-American Men of War #10 ($35.00)
All-American Men of War #8 ($20.00)
All-American Men of War #16 ($23.50)
All-American Men of War #13 ($11.99 + shipping = $16.44)
All-American Men of War #12 ($15.00)
All-American Men of War #15 ($17.50 + shipping = $20.50)
All-American Men of War #14 ($20.00 + shipping = $24.88)
All-American Men of War #7 ($26.00 + shipping = $30.00)
Two-Fisted Tales #27 ($75.00) + Battle Cry #8 (FREE)
All-American Men of War #17 ($35.00)
All-American Men of War #3 ($18.95)
Battlefield #4 ($65.00)
Total amount spent on war comics in 2018 = $431.77
62.5% were eBay purchases
37.5% were bought locally
None are for sale!
I actually worked this journal entry up over the weekend, as right now i'm in court trying to fight a traffic ticket. In all honesty it's more of a "can you take my good driving record into consideration, put me on probation for six months, and take the points off of my ticket please?" than a 12 Angry Men type situation. We'll see how that turns out tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy these covers of Superman getting hassled by the man!
Action Comics #359
I'm questioning the the capabilities of Superman's defense lawyer, allowing this little girl to tug at the juror's heartstrings like this. This copy I picked up in an auction bulk lot at my LCS. I'll spill the beans on that situation in the near future, as that's the site of my all time greatest pick-up...stay tuned...
Action Comics #556
Hopefully I can put up a better defense than Superman here. This issue I picked up early on in my decision to start collecting the entire run of Action and Superman. I bought a large amount of my copper and bronze runs out of the back of The Comic Buyer's Guide magazine in the early 2000's. It only cost me a buck, so I'm sure it came from one of those bulk buys.
Action Comics #319
I can't see things turning out this bad in court, fingers crossed. I picked up this issue at the Motor City Comic Con, probably 8 years ago or so. I remember a dealer had a bunch of nice mid to high grade silver age books for cheap, $5-10 each. I bought a nice stack, but it wasn't until I got home that I saw the extra embellishment on the face of one of the jailers. D'oh...
World's Finest Comics #145
...and if you do ever end up in jail, let's hope Batman is never your jailer. That guy's a real piece of work. This particular issue was another pick up from one of my LCS' auction nights.
Make sure you tune in tomorrow, and we'll see how my pleading with the court for mercy turns out.
Yesterday, I had mentioned that when I bought my almost complete run of DC Comics Presents from eBay, there was one issue missing that the seller had kept. So what was the missing issue?
The obvious answer is #26 with the first appearance of the New Teen Titans. Well, you'd be wrong.
Then, you might guess issue #47 with the first comic book appearance of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Well, you'd be wrong again.
I'll give you a hint. I bought this collection in 2006, when Infinite Crisis was huge...and who was the big bad in that book? None other than Superboy-Prime! Suddenly, his first appearance in DC Comics Presents #87 from November 1985 went from quarter bin fodder to a $20-30 wall book.
So yeah, I ended up getting my first New Teen Titans and first He-Man for a buck a book! In the long-run, it was a bad spec bet for the original seller to keep the #87, but let the #26 and #47 go. Oh well, his loss was my gain. Besides, I had already pulled my copy of #87 out of the aforementioned quarter bins. It would have been nice to get a cleaner copy at the time, but I had patience. I finally did pick up a nice copy of #87 a few years later at the Motor City Comic-Con that I had to pay $5 for, which seemed like a fair price.
That's a great cover by Eduardo Barreto. It's too bad he never was much more than a cover artist for the Superman books, as I definitely could have done with some more Eduardo Barreto interior pencils too.
But as great as that cover is, it doesn't beat the original by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye from Superboy #47, all the way back from March of 1956!
Damn, I love that cover! Special thanks to @skypinkblu for this issue, as I picked it up from her epic Superboy sales thread from earlier in the year. So many good books were available! I'm sure we'll see another one or two over the course of this journal, so stay tuned!
Just won this in the Comic Link auction. A tough one to find in the higher grades slabbed. A surprise also, since my winning bid was under $250. Barry Windsor-Smith at his best! Marvel high grade acquisitions are easy to secure, so it seems. Enjoy.